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Russia carries out air strikes in Syria

Russian military jets have carried out air strikes in Syria for the first time, the defence ministry has said.

The air strikes targeted positions, vehicles and warehouses that Russia believes belong to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told Russian news agencies.

US Secretary of State John Kerry complained to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov after the strikes.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said Kerry told Lavrov that the Russian move “runs counter to their stated efforts of deconfliction and is not helpful to that effort.”

Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov later told the UN Security Council that his country was “ready to forge standing channels of communication to ensure a maximally effective fight against terrorist groups” with the US and other countries.

Earlier on Wednesday, Russia’s upper house of parliament granted President Vladimir Putin authorisation to deploy the country’s air force to Syria, according to the head of presidential administration.

Sergey Ivanov said that the Federation Council backed Putin’s request for approval unanimously.

“The operation’s military goal is exclusively air support of the Syrian armed forces in their fight against ISIL,” he said.

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